This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point.)
Jesus' second story (16:19-31) used some ideas about the afterlife common in his day to talk about our values in this life. Jesus said Moses and the prophets could show the rich man’s brothers (and, in real life, the self-enriching religious leaders) a better way to live (16:27-31). What helps you to build your social, financial and spiritual values on the teachings of Moses, the prophets—and Jesus? What forces push against those values?
On his way to Jerusalem, somewhere near the border between Galilee and Samaria, Jesus met the ten lepers. After Jesus healed and delivered them all, only a Samaritan praised God. Are there any experiences or obstacles that make it harder for you to express gratitude? Are there things you have forgotten or neglected to thank and praise God for?
Jesus' listeners would have seen a story about kings and servants as an image of God’s dealings with Israel. God had given Israel a task—to show God’s glory and love to all nations (Genesis 12:1-3). How has God gifted you? In what ways do those gifts point to the task God calls you to? Are you ever tempted to keep your gifts safely in a “scarf,” rather than using them actively to do God’s work in the world?
Jesus’ vineyard story drew on a beloved Scripture (Isaiah 5:1-7), which called Israel God’s vineyard. But like Isaiah’s image, it had a sad ending. Hatred surrounded and stalked Jesus during his last week (Luke 19:47, 20:19). We, like the Jerusalem leaders, can have blind spots. Is there anything God’s spirit is nudging you to face honestly in your life? Do you have the courage to face it, to grasp “the things that lead to peace”? The Sadducees didn’t believe in resurrection, and tried to make the idea sound ridiculous. What made absolute trust that death was not the end, that “the worst thing is never the last thing,” of crucial importance to Jesus? Do you share his confidence? If so, in what ways does it shape your day-to-day life for the better?
13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224
24000 W. Valley Pkwy
Olathe, KS 66061
1601 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
601 NE Jefferson St.
Blue Springs, MO 64014
8412 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66212
Can’t find something? Let us help.